The first year of the degree focuses on the major literary genres and developing your critical skills, as a way of providing you with a firm foundation for your subsequent study of literature.
In the second year, you build on this foundation, extending your knowledge of the development of English literature, through studying a core module on the History of English, which covers literature from Chaucer to the early eighteenth century. In addition, you have the option of studying later periods of literature including Romantic and Victorian Literature and Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature, and/or courses on Ways of Reading, and Rewriting Film and Literature.
In your final year, you can choose from a wide range of options which closely relate to the research interests and expertise of the English team. Year 3 options currently include: British Drama 1956 to the Present, Contemporary Poetry, Contemporary Fiction, Shakespeare and Marlowe, Studies in Literature and Film, The Working Class in Film and Literature, Writing the Self: 20th and 21st Century Autobiography, Modernism and Modernity, and Postcolonialism. Single Honours students may choose to do English in the Workplace, a module which provides the opportunity to go on a work placement.
You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice. Recent dissertation topics have included family conflict in modern American drama, contemporary British-Asian fiction, Oscar Wilde, adaptations of Peter Pan, John Donne, Shakespeare and violence on film, nineteenth-century sensation fiction, African American women’s writing, interpretations of Robinson Crusoe, and Jewish-American writing.